SARASOTA, Fla. (SNN TV) - The executive editor and co-owner of the Observer Media Group has died.

Lisa Walsh, a pillar on the Suncoast, was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter along with being, according to The Observer, "the backbone of one of the most successful media companies in Florida."

Walsh had been battling a rare form of Parkinson’s disease for seven years, before succumbing. She died early last Thursday morning. She was 69. 

A Celebration of Life reception for Walsh will start at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the Harbourside Ballroom at the Longboat Key Club and Resort. 

A memorial Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at All Angels Episcopal Church on Longboat Key.